WITI Hall of Fame

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Rhonda Childress Rhonda Childress
IBM Fellow Vice President —GTS Data Security and Privacy Officer, IBM

Elizabeth  Feinler Elizabeth Feinler
Internet Pioneer, Active Volunteer

Roz Ho Roz Ho
Senior VP and GM, Consumer & Metadata, TiVo

Santosh Kurinec, PhD Santosh Kurinec, PhD
Rochester Institute of Technology, Professor of Electrical & Microelectronic Engineering

Yanbing Li, PhD Yanbing Li, PhD
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage and Availability Business Uni, VMware

Rashmi Rao Rashmi Rao
Global Head, Advanced Engineering, CoC User Experience, Harman



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Santosh Kurinec, PhD

Santosh Kurinec, PhD

Rochester Institute of Technology, Professor of Electrical & Microelectronic Engineering

Inducted in: 2018

Santosh Kurinec is a professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She is a fellow of IEEE, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and an IEEE Electron Device Society Distinguished Lecturer. She is a recipient of the 2012 IEEE Technical Field Award.

Santosh was honored as the Engineer with Distinction by the Rochester Engineering Society in 2013. In 2016, she received the Medal of Honor from the International Association of Advanced Materials.

Santosh worked on innovative electronic materials and device development ranging from electronic ceramics, magnetic and ferroelectric thin films, thin film transistors and MOSFETs, solar cells, and advanced memory devices like magnetic, phase change, and resistive RAM.

In 2016, she served as the International Chair of KAUST-NSF Conference on Electronic Systems for Sustainable Future held at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.

She has over 100 publications in research journals and conference proceedings as the department head of microelectronic engineering from 2001&ndash2009.

Santosh received a major grant from the National Science Foundation to prepare students for the frontiers of nanotechnology, in addition to research grants for emerging memory technologies. She was visiting scholar at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center from 2008&ndash2010.

Before joining RIT, Santosh was an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Florida State University.

She earned a PhD in physics from the University of Delhi and worked as a scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. She worked on her postdoc at the University of Florida.

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